Students of the Month
Each month, Lemont High School honors a student from each grade level for hard work and dedication to the school and the community. Selections rotate among the school’s various departments from month to month. Only 32 students earn "Student of the Month" accolades each school year, with four individuals honored each month from October through May.
Local businessman Brad Grcevic, of Edward Jones, Inc. (Lemont), contributes a donation each month to a charity selected by the “Student of the Month” award winners.
January 2020 Students of the Month
Charity: Lemont High School Special Olympics Team
Dominic Auriemma was selected as the Freshman Student of the Month by the Health Department. Dominic is a high honor roll student whose favorite subjects are mathematics, biology and geography. His teachers applaud his ability to ask thought-provoking questions, noting he demonstrates a rare ability to connect those questions to concepts he’s learned in other classes. Dominic also took it upon himself to assist a peer who had a language barrier, helping the student learn, stay on task, and find success. He is a member of both the Mathletes and Chess teams. Dominic hopes to attend a top university, with University of Southern California as his top choice. He aims to own his own company. In his spare time, Dominic plays video games and spends time with family and friends, and he hopes to secure a part-time job this summer.
The Driver Education Department cited Kaley Cronin as the Sophomore Student of the Month. A high honor roll performer, Kaley most enjoys classes related to mathematics and science. She is described as bright and respectful and a student who is serious about her education. She recognized the vital role Driver Education plays in her future as a driver. Kaley is heavily involved in extra-curriculars, as she is a member of the girls’ tennis program, Leo Club, Mathletes, Interact Club, and the Health Occupation Student Association. She also plays in several of the school’s bands and has earned induction to Mu Alpha Theta and the Tri-M Music Honor Society. She plans to maintain her work ethic and dedication and intends on pursuing studies in the medical field. Kaley likes to cut grass, baby sit, play tennis and hang out with friends.
Al Pontrelli was tabbed as the Junior Student of the Month by the Student Services Department. Al is as an honor roll student who most enjoys Woods classes because of the pride he takes from creating items that can benefit others. A standout football player, he twice has earned All-South Suburban Conference-Blue Division honors as a linebacker, and was a second-team all-state performer last fall. Al is an outstanding peer mentor who served as a leader in Common Grounds last semester. He worked very well with the four students he supported, and was the most consistent, compassionate and professional intern Common Grounds has had to date. He plans on playing football in college and aims to earn a business degree so that he can open his own business. He works at his dad’s advertising company in the summer.
The Special Education Department picked Alessandra Turano as the Senior Student of the Month. Alessandra is an honor roll student who most enjoys mathematics and her work as a Common Grounds intern and as a service project. She serves as a Special Olympics mentor and is a member of a hockey club. Alessandra has dedicated herself to improving her academic skills and becoming more independent and has shown tremendous growth. She has a gift for working with students who have significant developmental disabilities, and is an excellent role model for her peers. Her future plans include attending College of DuPage, where she plans on pursuing studies in education or medicine. Alessandra enjoys hanging out with friends, taking part in family activities, watching TV and going to the movies.